Presented on Wednesday, May 23, 2012 at the Quarry Farm Barn. With some choice words from Mark Twain about his contemporary editors and proofreaders, Vic will talk about what it means to the Project editors to ‘edit’ Mark Twain, giving examples that range from The Mysterious Stranger Manuscripts (1969) to Autobiography of Mark Twain, Volume (2010), with emphasis on Mark Twain’s Letters (1988–2002) and Adventures of Huckleberry Finn, edited by the Project the first time with only half of the manuscript known to survive (published 1985, 1988), and again after the missing half was discovered in a Hollywood attic in late 1990 (published 2001, 2003).
About the Project: More than forty volumes edited by the Mark Twain Project have been published by the University of California Press to date, and in 2007 the Project launched The Mark Twain Project Online, a web-based edition of Mark Twain’s works (marktwainproject.org). The Project is based in the Mark Twain Papers of The Bancroft Library, at the University of California, Berkeley, the world’s largest and most comprehensive archive of manuscripts and documents by and about Mark Twain.
Victor Fischer has been an editor at the Mark Twain Project of The Bancroft Library since 1967. Among his most recent publications are the trade and scholarly editions volumes 3 and 4 of Mark Twain’s Letters (1992, 1995), Adventures of Huckleberry Finn (2001, 2003) Mark Twain’s Helpful Hints for Good Living: A Handbook for the Damned Human Race (2004), Mark Twain’s Letters, 1876–1880 (2007, web publication only), a special 125th
anniversary edition of Adventures of Huckleberry Finn (2010), and, as one of a team of editors, the first volume of the Autobiography of Mark Twain